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Last updated: 17 October 2019
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Date:Thursday 26 December 1968
Type:Silhouette image of generic B703 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 707-358B
Operator:El Al Israel Airlines
Registration: 4X-ATR
C/n / msn: 19004/459
First flight: 1965-12-10 (3 years )
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 11
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 40
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 51
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Athens-Ellinikon International Airport (ATH) (   Greece)
Phase: Taxi (TXI)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Athens-Ellinikon International Airport (ATH/LGAT), Greece
Destination airport:Paris-Orly Airport (ORY/LFPO), France
Narrative:
Two terrorists belonging to the National Front For The Liberation Of Palestine riddled the El Al jet with machine-gun fire when it was preparing for take off. They also hurled five incendiary grenades at the aircraft. One passenger was killed and a flight attendant was seriously injured.

Sources:
» British Pathé


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Distance from Athens-Ellinikon International Airport to Paris-Orly Airport as the crow flies is 2081 km (1301 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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